Incredible Dinosaur Nest Photos

National Geographic has a slideshow of photos of the baby-dino-filled protoceratops nest uncovered recently, and they are unbelievable. Definitely not like anything I’ve ever seen.

To summarize from the slideshow, dinosaur child-rearing habits have been a bit of a mystery; it’s rare for animals to have a large number of offspring and stick around to care for them all, but this nest shows evidence of 15 young protoceratops, suggesting again that dinosaur families are not quite comparable to anything else we’re familiar with. These particular dinos may have all died simultaneously when buried during a sandstorm, since all of the fossils are pointing in a particular direction, presumably away from the wind. 

Photograph via Khishigjav Tsogtbaatar, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, via National Geographic


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